Monday, August 31, 2015

Guest Post: Midnight Hunter by Kait Ballenger

Hi Everyone! I'm excited to have author Kait Ballenger with us here today! We're celebrating her latest release "Midnight Hunter", which is book three in the Execution Underground Series and scheduled to release tomorrow, but, you can pre-order it today!
One of the things I always find interesting is how the author creates the tension between the Hero and the Heroine! I've asked Kait to share with us who she goes about it! 



Anyone who has ever read one of my novels knows I love tension. Whether its tension that has you on the edge of your seat wondering whether a character will survive or tension between the hero and a certain sexy someone, the Execution Underground novels are never short on moments that will make you bite your nails in anticipation. When I set out to write Midnight Hunter, my approach was no different than my previous novels. There needed to be tension and lots of it, particularly between the hero and heroine in order to deliver the page-turning novels I know my readers expect. How does an author create that driving force that leaves readers wanting more?

To be honest, it’s really very simple. In order to create tension, there must be something a character 
wants and something must be standing in the way of that want. That’s what creates tension. That’s what creates conflict. Tension and conflict are those parts of the story where you just can’t wait to see what happens next. The fate of the characters, their wants, their needs, sometimes their lives hang in the balance.

For Midnight Hunter, the romantic tension comes from the opposites attract paradigm and the idea of forbidden love. The hero and main character, Dr. Shane Grey, is a professor by day and a witch hunter by night. The heroine, Vera Sanders, a woman Shane desperately wants, is not only forbidden from him because she is his student, but she is his fundamental opposite: a black magic practicing witch. Both characters want one another, but their backgrounds, life situations, their fears, and secrets are holding them back. Shane and Vera have a lot to reconcile in Midnight Hunter, but that’s part of my challenge as an author: to help them reconcile their differences and find their happily ever after. 

Because Shane and Vera are so very very different, Midnight Hunter is full of tension that simmers like a low-boiling pot until the very end when the heat has been bubbling for so long that everything boils over. So how do a witch and a witch hunter, a professor and his student, fall in love despite it all, you may ask? Well, you’ll just have to read Midnight Hunter to find out...





Midnight Hunter 
(Execution Underground Series, Bk #3)
by Kait Ballenger 

Blurb: 
Hunters of the supernatural, The Execution Underground are an elite group tasked with protecting humanity…but can dark temptation destroy good intentions?

Occult specialist and witch hunter Dr. Shane Grey is called upon to investigate a string of crimes that bear all the hallmarks of black magic. But he can't take on this daunting assignment for the Execution Underground alone. He'll need the help of Vera Sanders, a witch with a dark past—and a woman who disturbs him as much as she intrigues him.

Vera is determined to ignore the dangerous chemistry between herself and Shane so she can prove her loyalty to his cause; otherwise she risks the wrath of the Execution Underground once again. If she can't make Shane trust her, they won't stand a chance in hell of defeating the evil that's terrorizing their city. No easy task, considering old habits die hard…and Vera may be the very person responsible for luring Shane into a killer's trap.


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About the Author

Kait Ballenger is a paranormal romance author, mother, wife, former professional bellydancer, and an adjunct English professor. She has a B.A in English from Stetson University and an M.F.A in Creative Writing from Spalding University. She lives in Central Florida with her screenwriter husband and infant son, along with three fur babies named after fictional characters. Kait hopes that one day people will name their pets after her characters, too.



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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Audio Book Review: Eighth Grave After Dark by Darynda Jones

Eighth Grave After Dark
(Charley Davidson Series, Book #8)
by Darynda Jones

Blurb: 
With twelve hellhounds after her, pregnant Charley Davidson takes refuge at the only place she thinks they can’t get to her: the grounds of an abandoned convent. But after months of being cooped up there, Charley is ready to pop. Both metaphorically and literally since she is now roughly the size of a beached whale. Fortunately, a new case has captured her attention, one that involves a murder on the very grounds the team has taken shelter upon. A decades-old murder of the newly-vowed nun she keeps seeing in the shadows is almost enough to pull her out of her doldrums.

Charley’s been forbidden to step foot off the sacred grounds. While the angry hellhounds can’t traverse the consecrated soil, they can lurk just beyond its borders. They have the entire team on edge, especially Reyes. And if Charley didn’t know better, she would swear Reyes is getting sick. He grows hotter with every moment that passes, his heat scorching across her skin every time he’s near, but naturally he swears he’s fine.

While the team searches for clues on the Twelve, Charley just wants answers and is powerless to get them. But the mass of friends they’ve accrued helps. They convince her even more that everyone in her recent life has somehow been drawn to her, as though they were a part of a bigger picture all along. But the good feelings don’t last for long because Charley is about to get the surprise of her crazy, mixed-up, supernatural life….



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Viviana's Review: 
Oh how I eagerly waited to get my hands on this.  Debated between the need to read it as soon as I had it in my hands or wait until closer to the release of the next book… Why?  Such an awesome story leaves you wanting more and the waiting can be a killer - so it is a matter of deciding on which type of waiting you want to endure?

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Book Review: Acts of Creation (Evergreen Grove Series #2) by Elisabeth Staab

Acts of Creation
(Evergreen Grove Series, #2)
by Elisabeth Staab

Blurb: 
He’s living a lie.

Dante Ramos: Champion. Ladies’ man. Party animal. Women want him, and men either want to be him or put his lights out for sleeping with their girlfriends. It’s all an act. Inside, he’s so full of self-loathing he’s on a fast-track to self-destruction.

She’s living in the shadows.

Meeting Michelle at a support group for assault survivors shows Dante a new world of possibilities. Finally, someone in his life might understand him, and she creates in him a fierce need to protect. Trouble is, Dante lives his life in the spotlight, and the only thing Michelle wants is a place to hide.





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Viviana's Review: 
I started reading this on 8/25/2015 and read for a few hours. Then then picked it up the next night on 8/26/2015 and didn't put it down until 2:45am on 8/27/2015. On a work day!!! I took a few extra minutes to thank Elisabeth via email and posted on my FB page just so people knew that yes, it was true, TWO FORTY FIVE in the freaking morning on a Thursday and I just finished reading this! Why? I couldn't put it down. I had to know how it was going to turn out.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Audio Book Review: The Virgin by Tiffany Reisz

The Virgin 
(The Original Sinners: White Years Series, Bk #3)
by Tiffany Reisz

Blurb:
The controversial story before the story continues in the critically acclaimed and award-winning series The Original Sinners.

For years, Kingsley Edge warned Eleanor the day would come when she, the mistress of a well-respected Catholic priest, would have to run and hide. She always imagined if that day came she'd be running away with Søren. But instead, she's running from him.

Knowing Søren and Kingsley will their use their influence to bring her back, Eleanor alone, penniless and scared takes refuge at the one place the men in her life cannot follow: the abbey where her mother has taken orders. Behind the cloistered gates of the convent, Eleanor hides from the man she loves and hates in equal measure

She cannot, however, hide from her true nature. When Eleanor befriends a young virginal nun, she faces a startling sexual awakening. But Eleanor can't stay forever, and the lure of her real life beckons beyond the locked gates. But to follow her fate means to leave Kyrie behind, a sacrifice Eleanor refuses to make

The lure of the forbidden. The temptation to sin. The price of passion has never been higher, and Eleanor will have to pay it if she ever wants to go home again.



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Viviana's Review: 

I love Tiffany Reisz's writing style. She is truly a gifted writer and story teller! She knows how to keep her readers not only wanting more but at the edge of their seats. There are two "edge of their seats" points of this story: the wedding and why did Eleanor leave Søren. The entire time I'm reading I was like "Alright already. Why the fuck did she leave?" I must take a step back because I said 'reading'. See, I began this book reading as I was provided the ARC and but life gets in the way and busy. However, I have to also admit that the pace was a tad bit slower with this installment at the beginning of the book than in the previous installments which for me didn't have me devouring it at first. With that said, once I plugged in, the narrator taking over, everything was perfectly placed.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Gift Ideas for the Book Lover #46





I've searched high and low for unquie and interesting gifts ideas for this week's "Gift Idea For The Book Lover"!  
Scroll down below and let me know which is your favorite? 




Hand Stamped Book Mark, custom personalized metal bookmark with beads
$18.00 (plus S&H)

Custom and completely personal gift for your special book lover!!
This 5 x 1 inch aluminum bookmark can be stamped with a special quote from your favourite book, bible verse, names, words....all up to your imagination.
Further personal touches can be added with tiny heart initial and beads in the colour of your choosing.

Please provide me with your bookmark text in "notes to seller" at checkout.
If you have questions about what will fit etc please send me a note through etsy.

Due to the personalization aspect of my pieces, buyers are responsible for the correct spelling of any names etc. Please make sure you review your order and each name, date, etc to make sure it's perfect. Please see my shop policies for more information.


All personalizations, additions (font, crystal colour, special request, etc) should be included in the "Notes to Seller" when you check out.



Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Release Day Blitz: Dragon King by Donna Grant

DRAGON KING

Dragon King:A Dark Kings Novella
(1001 Dark Nights) 
By Donna Grant

Blurb:

A Woman On A Mission
Grace Clark has always done things safe. She's never colored outside of the law, but she has a book due and has found the perfect spot to break through her writer's block. Or so she thinks. Right up until Arian suddenly appears and tries to force her away from the mountain. Unaware of the war she just stumbled into, Grace doesn't just discover the perfect place to write, she finds Arian - the most gorgeous, enticing, mysterious man she's ever met. 

A King With a Purpose 
Arian is a Dragon King who has slept away centuries in his cave. Recently woken, he's about to leave his mountain to join his brethren in a war when he's alerted that someone has crossed onto Dreagan. He's ready to fight...until he sees the woman. She's innocent and mortal - and she sets his blood aflame. He recognizes the danger approaching her just as the dragon within him demands he claim her for his own...



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Excerpt


Tempt Me Tuesday with Mad Hatter Reads 8/25/2015

Tempt Me Tuesday  


Happy Release Day or as we like to call it Temp Me Tuesday!!!
Mad Hatter Read has some awesome temptation for you this week!!! 



It’s going to be tough to choose between all of this week’s temptations. But if I must….ummm….I can’t decide…are you sure I can’t have them all? Please? Okay, I’ll try to limit myself, but that doesn’t mean that you have to! What have you been looking forward to this week?
 

Beauty and the Werewolf (San Francisco Wolf Pack, #2) by Kristin Miller

Beauty and the Werewolf (San Francisco Wolf Pack, #2)This lone wolf falls hard...for his enemy.
Unmated werewolves don't normally live past three hundred years old...and billionaire Jack MacGrath is cutting it close. Sure, he has almost everything-the respect of his peers, a mansion in San Francisco, a private jet, and fast cars. But without a mate, Jack's in trouble. Then he sees her. Gorgeous, proud...and his enemy.
Isabelle Connelly is good at hiding things from her father. Like her success as a painter, or the incredibly intense attraction she has to Jack MacGrath. After all, she's royalty and falling for anyone lesser-to say nothing of a rival pack-would be, er, unseemly. Now she must choose between her duty to her family and her pack...or her perfect fated mate.
 

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Book Review: All Wound Up by Jaci Burton

All Wound Up
(Play-by-Play Series, Bk  #10)
by Jaci Burton

Blurb: 

In the latest Play-by-Play novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Quarterback Draw, a sexy baseball player is done striking out...

Tucker Cassidy is going through a slump—but not on the field. It’s his dating life that’s suffering. After having a painful altercation involving his ex-girlfriend’s knee, Tucker is convinced it couldn’t get worse…until a gorgeous doctor comes to the rescue at his most embarrassing moment.

As the daughter of the owner of the St. Louis Rivers, Dr. Aubry Ross has been around jocks all her life. She knows the ins and outs of all their games, and she isn’t interested in playing.

When Tucker repeatedly lands in the hospital where she’s working, Aubry starts to think he’s getting injured just to see her. Tucker is both funny and sexy, and Aubry is pleasantly surprised to discover he actually respects her job.

When her father disapproves of their relationship, Aubry knows she’d rather lose Tucker than have him lose his job. But Tucker isn’t about to let threats of a trade get in the way of a game-changing love…


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Viviana's Review:

Well hello Tucker Cassidy!!  I’m fairly new to Jaci Burton, in fact, so new this is only my second book but I’m in love!  Particularly, I’m in love with the Cassidy family.  So while this may be book #10 in the “Play-by-Play” series, you can certainly read these as either a stand alone or start with the previous book, “Quarterback Draw” at the very least, where we first meet the Cassidy family.

The Cassidy family are well-known for the members being football ballers, all except Tucker, who decided to follow his passion and heart and play ball, baseball, that is.  Of course being the loving and supportive family that they are, all his brothers, including his twin give him grief for being different.  However, all kidding aside, his family does love and support him and each other and that is one thing that stands out in this and in the previous book.

Tucker is fun and charismatic.  He knows how to have a good time but is also responsible.  He knows what he wants and goes after it.

Aubry Rose is dedicated to her career.  She has been and is 100% committed to it and believes she can’t commit to anything or anyone else.  Basically she thinks she doesn’t have time for a relationship.  However, when she meets Tucker at her parents’ house and then continues to “run into” him, it’s obvious that there is something there and well Tucker also makes it obvious he is interested. Both agree that their careers make it difficult to be in a relationship but decide to give it a try with no strings attached.  And I’m sure you can guess that of course there would be strings!

There’s passion!  A start of a great friendship.  The realization that you can have more than one thing in your life.  Of course, the Cassidy siblings and a story that makes you sigh because of great characters like Tucker.

LOVED it and it seems like we're going to get more of the Cassidy familyin the next installment! Squee!!


Rating: 4 Stars - LOVED IT


Disclaimer:
I received a complimentary copy of this book from PENGUIN GROUP Berkley in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.



Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Gift Ideas for the Book Lover #45





Today we have a variety of items and one in particular that reviewers will like!! Check out this week's "Gift Idea For The Book Lover"!  Scroll down below and check out this week's items and let me know which is your favorite? 




Reading Diary for book lover, Dog lover Present, Journal, Organizer, Graduation, Literary gift idea, Reader Gift Idea, Blue, Book tracker
$10.00 (plus S&H)

This little dog loves books as much as you do, and wants to help you keep track of what you read throughout the year. This little pocket diary, just the right size for a purse or next to your bed, lets you record the date, title and author of books you read, as well as add a rating and some notes. 

The cover is letterpress printed, in orange on yellow or green on green. The interior paper is white.


DETAILS:
Dimensions: 3-1/4"x5"
Number of pages: 60. 
Enough room to list and rate 118 books.

You pick cover color -- yellow/orange or green/green







Book Club Wine Charm Set, Classic Book Cover Wine Charms, Jane Austen Wine Charms, Book Club Party Favor, Hostess Gift, Book Lover Gift
$18.00 (plus S&H)


A wine charm set featuring classic book covers. The perfect gift for a book club hostess or a great party favor. Jane Austen, a couple of Brontes - they're all here! There is even a charm for the designated driver (Sense and Sensibility).

The charms are made from laser cut acrylic and measure 1.25" square. Each charm attaches to the glass with a sterling silver loop. Easy to clean with a damp cloth.


This is a made-to-order item and fabrication time is approximately five business days.









Though She Be But Little She Is Fierce Keychain - Shakespeare Quote Keychain -Personalized Hand Stamped Keyring -Motivational Gift for Her -
$35.00 (plus S&H)

Though she be but little, she is fierce, or the hand stamped quote of your choice, on our signature pewter pebble keychain. The larger pebble can be stamped as shown, or with the text of your choice (send me a convo if you're not sure if it will fit) and measures approximately 1" (25mm) The smaller pebble measures 5/8" (16mm) and has been hand set with a sparkling, Swarovski Crystal Elements birthstone of your choice. Please select your stone choice from the drop down menu, choices are in photo #5. Both pieces are hung from a split ring keyring. 

Your keychain will come in our signature gift box.







Arrow Ear Cuff Bronze Quiver And Arrows Ear Cuff Hunger Games Inspired Jewelry Arrow Jewelry Non-Pierced Earring Valentines Day Gift
$22.00 (plus S&H)

This antique bronze, Quiver and Arrow Ear Cuff is inspired by the Hunger Games, written by Suzanne Collins, this fanciful ear cuff is 1 1/4" long. Shoot straight and "May the odds be ever in your favor!" This Ear Cuff is available for the left or the right ear. Please let us know which ear you want to wear it on. If you do not specify your ear preference, we will ship the version pictured. (Diamond not included.)

Our ear cuffs require no piercings. Starting near the top of the ear, slide the ear cuff down along the edge of the ear's cartilage. You may gently open or close the opening of the ear cuff to accommodate the thickness of your ear. 

Our bronze ear cuffs are antiqued lightly, and bronze will tarnish, or patina over time. To maintain the golden color, clean with Mrs. Wright’s Silver Cream and rinse with water. Do not dip in liquid anti tarnish cleaners.







If items are no longer available, please contact the seller to request further information. 




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